Diana Shukri ‘17, Business Management/Human Resources Major
I hope all my fellow transfer students are adjusting to this first week at Portland State! I know it can be scary and frustrating adapting to change, especially when it comes to school. You may now are starting to realize how different community college is from a university!
Thoughts like “How am I going to get through this?” or “This is not what I expected!” are common. Trust me, I know the feeling. I remember my first term here feeling like I was struggling. Here’s my advice for getting over that feeling quickly.
Get used to the rigorous work load. You’ll soon realize that classes here are challenging. I came here thinking I could breeze through my classes and soon realized how wrong I was.
The good news is, you will adjust. Don’t stop working hard, even when you’re feeling discouraged. Always ask for help if you need it. You can talk to your professor, visit the tutoring center for free help, or join a study group.
Decide on your major. It’s a good idea to evaluate your major and decide if you truly want to continue on this path. Maybe you want to take on a minor? Or you’re losing interest in school and want a change of pace?
It can be a stressful decision. My advice: Think long-term, talk to your advisor, and trust your intuition.
Don’t procrastinate. Do not wait until the last minute to apply to school and get your transcripts transferred over. It will only result in a mad rush and potential delays.
Similarly, don’t wait until the last minute to register for classes. There’s no guarantee the classes you want will be open – and you don’t want to end up wait-listed for every class you sign up for. The lesson: Be aware of the academic calendar and meet with your advisor to create a plan.
Stay on top of your class work and work hard – pretty soon, you’ll feel right at home here.
~Diana Shukri ’17, Fearless Senior
What are you waiting for? Learn more about free tutoring for business students, schedule with your advisor, and check out the academic calendar.
Diana Shukri is a senior with a double business major studying business management and leadership and human resources management.